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A Desert Christmas: Home Décor to Create a Sunny Winter Wonderland

Hosts of HGTV show Desert Flippers Eric and Lindsey Bennett take a break from renovating houses to decorate a desert Christmas holiday home. Having had white Christmases before moving to Palm Springs in California, Lindsey shares how the Bennett family has embraced spending Christmas in a warm and sunny climate. Read on to learn more about this couple’s home décor style and their family’s holiday traditions.Eric and Lindsey of Desert Flippers decorate their outdoor living room with the BH Balsam Fir tree

Christmas in the desert is as unique as the place itself. There aren’t many places in the world where you can play and lounge poolside in the sun by day and fireside and hot tub at night—all in your own backyard. While 20 minutes away, you can ride up the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to enjoy snow and sledding. And two hours away, you can frolic on sandy Westcoast beaches or ski on the mountainous Big Bear ranges.

We’ve found all the wonders of our Midwest Christmas past, plus new sunny wonders of our Christmas present, in this desert oasis we currently call home. The best part is that our Midwest family comes to our house now for Christmas as a retreat from the cold and snow. With family, friends, and a variety of desert winter wonders, it’s become our treasured home for the holidays!

BH Balsam Fir tree decorated with Montauk Succulent Garland and Nicole Miller Collection ornaments

Decorating for Christmas

The indoor-outdoor appeal of desert living makes decorating for the holidays center around the unique lifestyle that exists here. My personal design aesthetic is minimalist, with warm rustic elements of nature, stunning statement pieces of glam and real-life accents for that “lived-in” feel.

The Alpine Balsam Fir is noticeable across the room with Eric and Lindsey Bennett’s open-floor plan

I love to be minimalist in the foundation of our home décor because we have three little boys and there is plenty of day-to-day clutter to go around. The clean lines, open spaces, and cohesive color pallet lend way to an overall calming and serene environment. My kids can run around the furniture, bring toys and pillows to play and snuggle with, and it only adds to the natural, lived-in vibe of our home. That’s all the personalization that’s needed.

Eric and Lindsey Bennett of the Desert Flippers placed the Alpine Balsam Fir tree in their living room

I’ve laid the framework in foundational pieces of furniture, character with natural stone walls, concrete, and marble, accents with wood, brass, and matte black. My family brings the life and color to personalize our home décor to showcase “us.” We’ve dedicated places for the kids’ artwork, open spaces for play, and cozy corners for cuddling. All in all, it’s the place we love to call home.

Eric always jokes that I start decorating for Christmas in July…and he’s only half kidding. I would have Christmas décor in our home all year through if I could. There is something about the spirit of Christmas and the feeling it evokes that makes me never want it to end. Balsam Hill’s Alpine Balsam Fir decorated by the Bennett family

I incorporated a Desert Christmas décor theme into our great room that lends way to a modern minimalist look. The Balsam Hill’s Alpine Balsam Fir tree encompasses a natural simplicity. This tree was the most refreshing addition to our holiday decorating this year. From the ease of assembly and fluffing to the stunning matte bronze tree base, this tree in and of itself is a simple masterpiece.Holiday home décor by Eric and Lindsey Bennett of the Desert Flippers

Our five-year-old helped me to assemble the four sections of the 8.5’ tree in a quick 10 minutes. LED lights instantly lit up the branches at each click of the pre-sectioned trunk. Upon assembly, the tree made a statement of its own. To top it off, the Balsam Hill’s Nicole Miller Collection of ornaments and a Bethlehem star was all I needed to add a perfect sparkle and shine. Fur stockings, simple wreaths, balsam fir sprigs, and natural pillows finished the decor by cozying up the space.

Desert Christmas Outdoors

Eric and Lindsey of the Desert Flippers show how they spend Christmas in the desert

Open the double doors to our outdoor patio and backyard where we enjoy our very own desert Christmas wonderland. The swimming pool, palm trees, and snow-capped mountain backdrop are the perfect playground for our family.

Montauk Succulent Garland displayed on the outdoor dining table

I’ve decked the tree and the tables with succulent garland to weave in a desert vibe. Our dining table and benches lend way to easy poolside snacking and dining. Copper carafe and tumblers house our favorite caramel apple drink, with frosted cranberries and rosemary garnish.

Liberty Double-walled Beverage Dispenser and Tumbler

I love to bring a lush evergreen tree into our desert Christmas home décor because it’s like having a piece of Wisconsin here. The 8.5” Balsam Hill Balsam Fir tree is the centerpiece of our outdoor retreat. Sectioned into five pre-lit pieces, this tree was quick to assemble. The fluffing took some time, given the lushness of this tree, but thankfully Balsam Hill provides gloves to make the work light.Eric and Lindsey of the Desert Flippers’ outdoor patio with BH Balsam Fir tree and Polar Bear Pals

I grouped a blend of matte and glossy burgundy ornaments together to resemble cranberries on the tree. I added geometric ornaments to add glam and sparkle and balance my design. During the day, the tree boldly adds to the desert landscape. At night, it lights up our outdoor living room.

BH Balsam Fir tree decorated by Eric and Lindsey Bennett and family

Holiday Family Traditions

There is so much to love about Christmas wherever you live. Be it in snow or in sunshine, the togetherness and love that we share is what makes the season special. The traditions we create and celebrate illicit nostalgia and memories for a lifetime. That’s why we love to decorate for Christmas, it recreates traditions of the past for the present enjoyment and future hopefulness,

Coming from Wisconsin, Eric and I grew up with fresh trees and white Christmases. So when we moved to Palm Springs, CA 12 years ago, the warm, sunny climate just didn’t feel like Christmas. Every December we trekked across the country to WI. After having children, making this trip with three small boys in tow, and spending hours stuck on airplanes and in airports, we found ourselves exhausted at the end of it.

Eric and Lindsey of the Desert Flippers enjoy the pool with their three kids

We love our family and friends in WI, the fellowship, the snow, and festivities. However, we decided it was time to embrace our new California home and all the wonder that exists here at Christmastime. What we discovered was a blissful, sunny wonderland that was here the whole time!

Our holiday traditions grow every year. Some of our favorite Christmas things to do in the desert are the Palm Springs Festival of Lights, Tree-lighting at the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, Wildlights at the Living Desert, Breakfast with Santa at the Children’s Museum of the Desert, Candy Cane Lane Holiday Light Festival, and Christmas Eve Service at Hosanna City Church.

Eric and Lindsey Bennett of the Desert Flippers love to bake cookies as a family

At home, we love to bake and decorate sugar cookies for Christmas. The kids help to decorate the house and the tree. We bring out Christmas books and toys to get into the Christmas spirit. We even go caroling on Christmas Eve after candlelight church service to spread holiday cheer in our neighborhood!

There is so much to love about a desert Christmas. In the hustle and bustle of it all, we remind our children that Jesus is the reason for the season. We love Christmas because it is a celebration of God’s love, forgiveness, and the blessing of family. May you experience the blessings of Christmas wherever you are!

For more holiday home decorations, visit the Balsam Hill site.


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